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It’s impossible to not compare The Little Prince to Inside Out. Both premiered Out of Competition at Cannes and, in something that’s become a festival theme, both are about memories, with direct focus on the transition from childhood to adulthood. And so while The Little Prince is a well-intentioned, sometimes touching, always beautiful animated treat, it can’t help but be the weaker film in comparison to Pixar’s festival appearance.
Based on the French children’s book about love and life, told through the abstract meeting of a small boy and a crashed pilot in the desert, Mark Osborne has made one of the most out-there animated films to get a wider release in years. It’s a better, more measured film than his previous Kung Fu Panda (which you have to hope he only did to get to make this »
- Alex Leadbeater
Any animated feature screening in Cannes in the wake of Pixar’s universally adored “Inside Out” was bound to seem like an anticlimax. And when the movie in question happens to be an adaptation of one of the most beloved children’s novels of all time, the potential for disappointment looms especially large. But to the sure relief of armchair aviators everywhere, director Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince” turns out to be a respectful, lovingly reimagined take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic 1943 tale, which adds all manner of narrative bells and whistles to the author’s slender, lyrical story of friendship between a pilot and a mysterious extraterrestrial voyager, but stays true to its timeless depiction of childhood wonderment at odds with grown-up disillusionment. Independently made (on a reported $80 million budget) by French producer Dimitri Rassam, “The Little Prince” may lack the fast pace and high-concept storytelling of »
- Scott Foundas
The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing and among the various offerings afforded to press was a look at the upcoming Pixar and Walt Disney Animation slates. John Lasseter showed off new footage of upcoming films, like Moana and Zootropolis, and revealed new information. When it comes to Finding Dory, the Pixar chief creative officer confirmed that this film is not a prequel and will continue the story of the clown fish Marlin and the amnesiac Dory. According to a plot description referenced by The Hollywood Reporter, Finding Dory picks up six months after the events of the first film, which ended with Marlin, Dory and Nemo living joyously on the reef. In the sequel, Dory will learn about migration instincts and set off to find her family, with Nemo and Marlin in tow. Ellen DeGeneres will return to voice the lovable Dory, while Albert Brooks will reprise his »
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Elyes Gabel, Lorna Pruce, Christopher Abbott, Matthew Maher, Albert Brooks, Jerry Adler, Quinn Meyers, Chester Jones, Ashley Williams, Glenn Fleshler, Jimmy Palumbo, Daisy Tahan | Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor
There are some movies that you come away from knowing that you liked it, loved the way it was shot and knew the acting was good, but something just seemed to be missing. These are the ones you have to take the time to step back from and think about what you have just seen, what it was trying to tell you and what you take away from it. This is exactly what I found with A Most Violent Year.
At first I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was about the film which focuses on 1981 a year that saw a spike in criminal activity in New York, but the answer lies in »
- Paul Metcalf
Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain…
One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.
See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here
Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »
- Scott J. Davis
A Most Violent Year, 2015
Directed by J.C. Chandor.
An immigrant New York businessman tries to expand his company’s fortunes despite setbacks from rival firms, criminal gangs and an investigation from the District Attorney.
Set in New York City in 1981, A Most Violent Year is a crime drama that harks back to the works of Coppola, Scorcese and Friedkin, telling a story about a man, his family and his values, all set against a backdrop of corruption and violence that threatens to usurp him at every turn. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) plays Abel Morales, a Hispanic immigrant who has built up a successful oil business but is having trouble with his trucks being hijacked and his employees being attacked. Despite his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain – Mama) having mob connections through her father »
- Gary Collinson
Cannes — Stop and think about it for a just a minute. Imagine a movie almost completely centered on individual emotions living in a young girl's head. Not a short, but a feature length film. It sounds like some sort of nightmare screenwriting assignment, doesn’t it? How do you explain how the emotions work? Do they control her every action? Do they grow and mature alongside her? How do you make a coherent, entertaining and moving experience out of that concept? Pete Docter, who previously directed one of Pixar's best films, "Up," doesn't make things easy on himself taking on that challenge and it makes the success of "Inside Out" more admirable than it initially might seem. The most important character in "Inside Out" is actually our heroine, Riley (eventually voiced by Kaitlyn Dias). Her birth spurs the creation of the first emotion, Joy (Amy Poehler), but as she grows, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director: J.C. Chandor
Running Time: 120 mins
Features: Commentary with J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson & Anna Gerb. Featurettes, Behind The Violence (Making Of), The Contagious Nature Of Violence (Director Interview), Conversations With Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain, Trailers/TV Spots, Deleted Scenes, Behind The Scenes Photos
Imagine if Sidney Lumet had directed The Long Good Friday. That instead of a blood-soaked gangster thriller about a man trying to better himself with guns and fists you had something more thoughtful, yet just as sinister. Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s third film takes the backdrop of New York at the outset of 1981 – the notorious year of the title – and uses it as context for the engrossing story of an entrepreneur trying to operate the cleanest way possible in the murkiest of environments.
Oscar Isaac plays Abel, who runs a heating oil »
- Steve Palace
An international trailer has been released for director Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince, an animated adaption of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s novel. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award® nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that »
- Gary Collinson
One of the most well-loved children’s stories of all-time is bound for the big screen. The latest adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella The Little Prince hails from King Fu Panda helmer Mark Osborne, who takes a few liberties with the popular source material for his vision. But to be frank, with trailers this captivating and visually adventurous, it’s unlikely anyone will have cause for complaint.
The Little Prince tells the story of an Aviator whose plane crashes in the desert, which is where he meets the titular prince from an asteroid-sized planet whose day trip to Earth is part of his exploration of the galaxy. One of those aforementioned changes tying together the movie is a wraparound story that’s made apparent in this new preview. Featuring a young girl and her next-door neighbor, it’s a slight adjustment that shouldn’t sully the gloriousness of the stop-motion animation on display. »
- Gem Seddon
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Osborne's animated adventure will have its world premiere at the 68th Cannes Film Festival out of competition next month.
Set as of Thursday to make its premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Out of Competition, a new international trailer for Mark Osbourne's (Kung Fu Panda) film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery beloved children's book The Little Prince has arrived. While this isn't the first teaser for the film, it is the first time English-speaking audiences can see the American voice cast. And boy, did they go all out with this voice cast, with Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Albert Brooks, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Rachel McAdams, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti lending their pipes to the animated picture. While it's hard to shake off The Lorax vibes created by a newly created child protagonist and her new old friend, there does seem to be more love and charm here than that film, not to mention how beautiful the animation is during the actual Little Prince moments. »
- Will Ashton
The Cannes Film Festival isn't only high brow, arty movies. Amongst the selection this year is something for the whole family, and while it won't win the Palme d'Or (indeed, its screening Out Of Competition), the movie will still see plenty of big stars on the red carpet, tellling a story everyone knows from childhood. A pretty amazing voicecast — Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, Bud Cort, and Ricky Gervais — has been lined up for Mark Osborne's "The Little Prince," and this new animated trailer for the movie shows the tale has been expanded well beyond the tiny kids' book. Whether it can retain the magic of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless story remains to be seen. Read More: The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far "The Little Prince" opens overseas on July 29th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: The Best Animated Movie of 2015 is Already Here Variety has unveiled a heart warming new trailer for "Kung Fu Panda" director Marc Osborne's "The Little Prince," which is set to premiere at this year's Canne's Film Festival in the official selection. Based on the classic novella by Antoine de Saint Exupery, the animated feature has a stellar voice cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti and Albert Brooks. In the film, a young girl is introduced to a land of adventure and magic by the Aviator, voiced by Bridges, her sweet, elderly neighbor, who knows this place first hand. "The Little Prince" is released in France July 29. A Us release date has not yet been announced. Read More: Cannes Wish List: 20 Films We Hope to See at the 2015 Festival »
- Travis Clark
Louis C.K.'s upcoming animated project, which sounds like the Toy Story of dogs, has settled on a no-nonsense name. The A.V. Club reports that The Secret Life of Pets will explore the mischief household animals get into when their owners leave. The film is set for a July 8, 2016, release. Joining C.K., reportedly, are Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks, among others. Chris Renaud will direct, and hopefully — given the fact Hart plays a stupidly cute bunny — cobble together a real gem. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Kevin Hart, Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet's upcoming animated project is headed for a summer release. Illumination and Universal Pictures revealed the previously announced project will be called The Secret Life of Pets. It will hit theaters July 8, 2016, moving from its original February 2016 date. The comedy centers on about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. The film also stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Chris Renaud, the director of Despicable Me and its sequel, is helming the project. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio wrote the script. On its new date, the
- THR staff
Although it is very light on action and violence, A Most Violent Year features powerful performances in a slow-burning drama about a good man trying to make an honest living while everyone around him seems to be happy to cut corners anyway they can. Written and directed by J. C. Chandor (Margin Call and All Is Lost), the film features an incredible ensemble cast including Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, and Elyes Gabel. Set in 1981’s New York City, the film follows Abel Morales (Isaac), the owner of the small Standard Oil, a heating oil […] »
- Patrick Luce
A Most Violent Year - Lionsgate - Blu-ray and DVD Director: J.C. Chandor Cast: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola. Full cast + crew Despite what the title implies, A Most Violent Year isn't a movie about a bloodbath. At least not a literal bloodbath. It's all about how an entrepreneurial businessman (Oscar Isaac) in 1980s New York is trying to make a competitive but honest living in the heating oil industry. However, everyone around him, including his wife (Jessica Chastain), isn't so inclined to keep things honest, and the clash of ethics between the two makes for a smartly written, beautifully shot, and superbly acted drama about what it takes to hold on to the American dream. The...
- Peter Hall
One of the best films of 2015, A Most Violent Year was about New York City in its most crime-ridden year of 1981. Oscar Isaac starred as ambitious Colombian immigrant Abel Morales, who began his career as a truck driver for a heating oil biz run by a mobster whose daughter Anna (Jessica Chastain) he eventually married. Abel took over ‘Standard Heating Oil’, and grew it quickly – but too quickly in the eyes of his competitors. As the movie opened, Abel and his attorney (Albert Brooks) are on the verge of a big move – borrowing a million and a half dollars to buy two oil tanks in a prime area of Queens. With 30 days to secure the cash needed to close the deal, it’s a risky investment, but if all goes according to Abel’s plan, he will eventually be able to store and move fuel on a larger scale. But »
- Tom Stockman
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